Supporting our Collection

Collection Development

The Libraries continues to focus on supporting the university’s 10 academic faculties, responding to the changing needs of the university’s academic directions and research areas. With support from our alumni and friends, we continue to acquire rare and significant works and offer the rich collections and services required of a top-tier academic library in the 21st Century. Acquisitions currently available range from traditionally published books to digital based collections that exist only online.

 

Research Collections


China: Culture and Society

Spanning three centuries (c1750-1929), this digital collection makes available for the first time extremely rare pamphlets from the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, at Cornell University Library; one of the oldest and most distinctive collections of its kind, and a very rich source for research on China.

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The Wason Pamphlet collection has been digitised in its entirety and in full colour. It is full-text searchable, allowing for the collection to be comprehensively studied and fully appreciated. An image gallery showcases the superb colour illustrations and highly designed cover art.

 

 

 

 

As there is no comparable digital project offering this type of material, this project will meet the need and growing demand for English language research sources relating to China and the West, and will address a wide variety of research interests and topics surrounding Chinese history, religion, culture and everyday life. [1] 

Collection Cost: £21,000 (HK$255,000)

 


China, America and The Pacific

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Covering the 18th and 19th centuries, China, America and the Pacific provides primary source materials for the study of the history of North American trade and cultural exchange with China.

This collection also provides coverage of China’s economic dealings with the whole of East Asia and the Pacific.

Sourced from American and Canadian libraries including the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, China, America and the Pacific includes some of the strongest collections on the subject of the ‘Old China Trade’, including:

  • The logbooks of the first American ship to visit China
  • A rare letter book of Hoqua, a Canton trader
  • Trade letters from King Tamoree and Queen Charlotte Tapolee of Kaua'i (Hawai'i)

Until the opening of the Western frontiers of the United States in the mid-1800s, the East Coast dominated American finance and merchanteering. This early period in American trading history is captured in the papers of key shipping families and their extended influence beyond maritime circles.

China, America and the Pacific offers insights into the early commercial development of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Salem, Providence and Baltimore, with maritime routes between East and West Coasts detailed and mapped.

Other key Pacific trading posts are covered, including Hawai'i, the Philippines, India, Sumatra, Mauritius and Batavia.

Early fur traders in Canada and the Pacific Northwest are also well covered.[2]&nbps;

Collection Cost: £35,000 (HK$423,000).